CHANDIGARH: Haryana Cabinet on Monday cleared the bill to provide reservation to five communities, including the Jat community. The bill is likely to be tabled in the State Assembly on Tuesday.
The bill provides reservation for Jats, Jat Sikhs, Bishnois, Tyagis and Rors. The government has also proposed to bring up a separate bill for setting up of a permanent Haryana Backward Classes Commission.
The bill proposes that 10 per cent reservation will be provided in educational institutions and Class-III and IV government jobs for these communities. For Class I and II jobs, the reservation will be 5 per cent, said sources.
A five-member committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary was formed earlier this month to prepare a draft of the cill to grant reservation under the ambit of the Constitution. The Jat community had extended its deadline for its reservation demand to be met to March 31.
The Jats had been demanding reservation in the existing backward classes (BC) category. The Jats had been demanding reservation in the existing backward classes (BC) category. The Backward Classes quota is bifurcated in two categories having 16 and 11 percent reservation respectively.
The government had promised reservation for the Jat community and others after its recent agitation for quota left the state paralysed for nine days. A total of 30 people were killed and over 320 injured and property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was destroyed. Jat leaders had announced no protest would be held till April 3 if the government got the reservation bill passed during the ongoing Assembly session.
CM Manohar Lal Khattar had made it clear the existing 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the state would not be disturbed. The OBC community is opposed to inclusion of Jats in their category for reservation.
Jats constitute 26 per cent of the electorate as the community is the single most powerful and politically influential. Out of the total 90 assembly seats Jats have influence over 30 seats thus no government can survive without their support.